Catawba announces HOF class
Catawba announced its Sports Hall of Fame Class for 2014 on Thursday.
New members will be inducted on Saturday, April 26. The inductees will be Joey Boley ‘95; Catey Conner ‘01; Robert Hampton ‘38 (deceased); Nick Means ‘03; and Allen Simmons ‘77.
The induction ceremony, sponsored by the Catawba Chiefs Club, will be held at noon in Kirkland Lobby of the Abernethy Physical Education Center. On Friday, April 25, the Hall of Fame Golf Tournament will be held at The Country Club of Salisbury at 1 p.m.
The Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame was founded in 1977.
Boley was a standout golfer at Catawba from 1992-1995, earning NAIA All-America honors in 1993.
During that 1993 season when he was team MVP, Boley was the NAIA District 26 medalist and finished sixth at the NAIA Nationals held at TPC Sawgrass. His three-over-par total of 291 is the second best four-round score in school history.
Conner, who played soccer from 1997-00, is the most prolific scorer in school history with 59 career goals in 79 matches. As a junior she was a third-team All-American.
A two-time South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year (1998, 1999), Conner was the league Freshman of the Year in 1997. She was named First Team All-SAC and NCAA II First Team All-Region all four years.
Hampton played both baseball and football at Catawba from 1934-38, but made his biggest impact on the diamond.
As a pitcher, Hampton finished a stellar career with a 26-9 record and a 2.98 ERA. His 17 consecutive winning decisions is still a school record.
In 1938, Hampton won a then-school record 10 games. That 10 win total was not matched for 50 years and still stands as the third best single-season total in school history.
Means was a top wide receiver for some of the best Catawba football teams from 1999-02. He also excelled in the classroom where he graduated Cum Laude and was the 2001 South Atlantic Conference Scholar Athlete for football.
Means twice earned All-SAC first team honors and was a two-time All-Region selection. He holds the school mark with 2,796 career receiving yards and ranks second with 185 career catches. His 25 touchdowns also ranks second all-time.
In 2001, Means helped Catawba to a No. 3 national ranking and to the NCAA II semifinals. He played on two SAC Championship teams and four NCAA II playoff teams.
Simmons (West Rowan) was a standout for the Catawba football teams from 1973-76. He still ranks as one of the top return men in school history.
Simmons ranks among the top five all-time in both kickoff and punt return average. He averaged 23.9 over 66 kickoff returns and 9.6 on 59 punt returns.
As a wideout, Simmons caught 44 passes in his career and set a school record by averaging 27 yards per catch in 1976. He stands third in a career with 3,890 all-purpose yards.
Livingstone guard Mark Thomas was named to the All-Atlantic Region team on Thursday. Thomas was the CIAA Player of the Year and will lead the Blue Bears into Saturday’s regional game at East Stroudsburg (Pa.).
North Rowan won its first baseball game of the season on Thursday.
The Cavaliers (1-2) got great piching from Brandon White and beat South Stanly 8-0. White went the distance, allowing four hits. He struck out seven and walked none.
North had 11 hits, including a 4-for-4 effort by Jake Pritchard. Chance Mazza went 3-for-4. Noah Gonzalez, White, Javin Goodine and Spencer Locklear had a hit each. Pritchard and Goodine had two RBIs each.
Trey Mabry had two hits for the Rebel Bulls (0-6).
• Davie lost 13-0 to Alexander Central in a non-conference game on Thursday.
Davie (2-3) was held to three hits by Mason Stikeleather.
• West Davidson lost 5-1 to Randleman on Thursday. Justin Freeman struck out six but took the loss. The Green Dragons were limited to five hits.
Salisbury’s girls soccer team bounced back from Wednesday’s loss to Davie by beating South Rowan 6-0 on the road on Thursday.
Ceci Cardelle had a hat trick for the Hornets. Emma Labovitz, Kate Grant and Nellie Brown had a goal each. Brown’s goal was the first of her varsity career.
Katie Bullock had three assists. Cardelle and Ashlyn Heidt had one helper each.
“We played our most complete match, without question,” SHS coach Matt Parrish said. “It was the first time our younger players really meshed with our more experienced players. We made some changes and each girl took it upon herself to fix one thing and get better. We were quicker and we communicated better and played a more cohesive match.”
The backline of Susannah Dixon, Kathryn Rusher, Amelia Steinman and Mary Seifert limited South’s opportunities. Juliana Anderson had the shutout.
Salisbury’s tennis team won 6-3 against Watauga on Thursday. The Hornets (5-0) got singles wins from Michael Ogden (6-1, 6-3), Spencer Storey (6-4, 6-2), Abraham Post (6-4, 6-3) and David Derrick (6-1, 6-0). Ogden-Post won 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. Comadoll-Storey won 8-3 at No. 2.
SPC golfers played their second league match on Wednesday at McCanless, with East Rowan as the host team. South Rowan shot 154 to win its second straight match. Other team scores were Hickory Ridge (158), West Rowan (164), Concord (17), Cox Mill (173), East Rowan (174), Central Cabarrus 9179), Carson (189) and Northwest Cabarrus (195).
South junior Davis Richards, who has committed to N.C. State, shot 35 for medalist honors. Rain held off, but winds of 15-20 mph with gusts of 30 mph affected scores. South’s other scorers were Evan Neas (37), Hunter Chapman (40) and Dalton Little (42). West’s scorers were Jake Kennedy (37), Denny Triche (41), Chris Hassard (42) and Coyte Kyles (44).
East’s scorers were Nick Lyerly (38), Logan Shuping (41), Ben Miller (46), Bailey Mesimer (49) and Jacob Durham (49). Carson’s scorers were Patrick Street (43), Logan Overcash (48), Tristan McDaniel (49) and Josh Mitchem (49). Top Cabarrus golfers were Hickory Ridge’s Brendon Galloway (37), Central’s Stephen Hartsell (38), Hickory Ridge’s Smit Savini (39) and Concord’s Stephen Carroll (39).
After two matches, Kennedy leads with an average of 34.5, while Richards is second at 35.5. Galloway is third at 37.00, with Shuping (37.5) and Lyerly (38.0) next.
• Salisbury shot 175 but lost a match at Mooresville (171) on Thursday.
Salisbury’s Eric Edwards was medalist with a 39. Other scorers for Salisbury were Gabe Steinman (44), Chris Queen (45) and Jacob Pryor (47). Jacob Whitcomb’s 40 paced the Blue Devils.
Janiya Downs scored 22 points for Corriher-Lipe in a 37-36 win against North Rowan Middle. Rhianna Kimmer scored seven for the Jackets.
Billizah Connor scored 23 to lead the Mavericks.
• Connor scored 33 to lead the Mavericks to a 37-19 win against China Grove.
• Connor scored 20 and McK enzie Shoaf had 10 in North’s 34-13 win against Southeast.
• Erwin’s boys won 51-50 against Knox. Christian Bennett had 18 points and 14 rebounds for the Eagles. Hunter Eagle had 10 points and 18 rebounds. Alex Kalogeromitros scored 10, Gabe Hinceman had seven, and Bryston Wagner added six.
Erwin (10-4) returns to action in Saturday’s conference tournament.
South Carolina State’s All-MEAC defensive lineman Javon Hargrave (North Rowan) spent Tuesday at Hanford Dole talking to students about the importance of education, showing respect, exercise and good attitudes. He will be at North Rowan Elementary today from 1-2:30 to talk to students.
Scores for Salisbury Academy in a match against Concordia and Hickory Christian at Warror were Hank Robins (49), Will Fowler (50), Mitch Jeter (51), George Fisher (52) and Walker Hartpence (53).
• Salisbury Academy shot 198 but lost to Sacred Heart at Warrior. Leading Salisbury Academy were Charlie Barr (44) and Jeter (50). Robins and Hartpence shot 52s.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s Jazmine Charles, who starred at Central Davidson, was named Southeast Region Player of the Year.